AIDS research: the senseless suffering of the monkeys

“Among people”: A film by Christian Rost and Claus Strigel

 

At the far end of Austria near the czech boarder one of the most special places on earth can be found. At this focal point the moral challenges of our civilisation collide: guilt, responsibility and compensation. In an abandoned safari park, hermetically sealed off from the rest of the world live these fourty chimpanzees formerly used in pharmaceutical experiments. Infected with HIV and hepatitis viruses. Traumatized, deranged and highly aggressive.

They hate humans and have every reason to. Their guards are the same ones they already looked after in the lab. They have become emotionally close to them and become fellow prisoners. Now they accompany the primates in their first steps into a new life.

Today they manage the unique rehabilitation project, aiming to get the chimps out of their lifelong isolation into species appropriate groups.

The fight against AIDS is a billion dollar market. The development of “new” agents at the expense of the animals does not help the patient. For biotech and pharmaceutical companies, the business is highly profitable. Investors earn money.

One Response

  1. What is being done for them? Please please please something.

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